Kayla's Morning Kickstart: Syria and impeachment
Unrest in Syria
Officials called a cease-fire in Syria yesterday. Or did they?
United States officials say it's a cease-fire; Turkish say it's temporary.
The European Union Council President says the Syrian cease-fire is a demand of surrender of the Kurds and called on Turkey to halt its operation in northern Syria. According to AP, after EU Nations criticized Turkey's offensive in Syria, Donald Tusk said the US-Turkey agreement to lay down arms for five days was not a serious initiative.
CNN reports the five-day window is intended by Turkey's president to let the Kurds leave their safe zone in northern Syria. Mideast observers say the deal gives Turkey what it wanted: to get a piece of Syria and kick the Kurds out.
President Trump is happy with the deal. Opinion of his actions, though, is low. Even GOP representatives criticized his decisions.
Yesterday was a big day for the impeachment inquiry. Tentatively, acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney proved quid pro quo allegations with his testimony. He admitted the Trump administration froze nearly $400 million for military aid to Ukraine in part to pressure the country to investigate Trump's political rivals.
Even though this is what the inquiry is about, many officials were surprised to hear this spoken openly.
As reactions came out, Mulvaney tried to go back on his statement. People at the heart of the inquiry now know that this is much more serious than initially believed. GOP leaders lived and breathed "no quid pro quo" for weeks, but Mulvaney just proved them wrong.
That's not the only cat Mulvaney let out of the bag.
He also broke the news that the 2020 G7 summit will be held at Trump National in Doral, Florida. Mulvaney believes that Doral is the best meeting place, but many disagree. A summit in Doral is a conflict of interest because the President would profit financially from it.